SL Embassy gives $3,600 to Salone students in Wuhan

The Sierra Leone Embassy in China last Wednesday gave financial support to all the Sierra Leone students living and studying in Wuhan. In a letter sent to the Students Union in Wuhan the Students Secretary Josephine Bangura wrote “on behalf of Ambassador Ernest Ndomahina, following the current outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in China, the Embassy wishes to extend its continuous appreciation to the Government and People of the Peoples’ Republic of China for their unprecedented resilience manifested in curbing the deadly Coronavirus.” “Further to Government’s continued support to our students, the Embassy is hereby providing a financial support of twenty five thousand two hundred Renminbi (RMB 25,200) an equivalent of $3,600 to all Sierra Leonean students residing In Wuhan City.” This support the letter stated “will help them to meet the rising cost of basic needs (food and water) during this emergency period. Be apprised that each student is entitled to receive the sum of seven hundred RMB (700).” The letter continued that “on behalf of the entire student’s body in China, the Embassy wishes to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to His Excellency, President Dr. Julius Maada Bio and the New Direction Administration for support to human Capital development and humanity.” “Meanwhile, the Embassy enjoins and encourages its citizens residing in Wuhan (the hotbed of the epidemic) and other affected cities to continuously respect the preventive and control measures outlined by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.” The Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Students Union in Wuhan Delroy Thomas said they are appreciative of what the government and the Embassy have done for them. He said since the outbreak they had been waiting for the Ambassador to keep in touch with them and to show concern, but all the same they are happy that the Embassy has reached out to them and they are very thankful and said they will continue to follow all the preventive methods that will keep them safe. Delroy Thomas added that all 36 of them in Wuhan are safe and they are doing fine even though they have been inside their dormitory for the past 50 days. He said they have started classes online and they are happy that they have been looked after very well by their respective universities and the Chinese government.

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